Just before the final whistle blew at MacHale Park last night, a slew of youngsters had congregated just outside the whitewash on the bacon factory end. The result hadn’t been in doubt for some time and the obligatory pitch invasion was definitely going to happen, which it duly did with some gusto when Seán Hurson signalled the contest’s end.
All those hundreds milling around on the sod in the game’s aftermath summed up an upbeat night for us. Sure, Kerry came – bewilderingly travelling up and down on the one day – with a weakened team but that was their choice and they suffered the consequences for it. From our perspective, we have to be pretty satisfied with our night’s work.
It was, after all, our biggest win over them since 1948. We had ten points to spare over them in that year’s All-Ireland semi-final and then proceeded to wallop them by 4-6 to 0-3 in the National League at MacHale Park that November.
So, then, what’s the world saying about last night’s game? Let’s have a peek online in the usual haunts to find out.
The lads weren’t, of course, the only Mayo team yesterday to lower the colours of the reigning All-Ireland champions. The county’s women footballers went to Navan and secured a hugely gutsy win over Meath at Páirc Tailteann. Here’s the online coverage of that one:
The county’s third game yesterday also produced a win, this one secured by the U20 footballers over Derry in the Leo Murphy Cup. Michael Gallagher was at this one and his match report on it for the Mayo News is here. Mayo GAA also have photos from the game on their Facebook page – here.
Podcast club members will by now most likely have listened to our Final Whistle show which was recorded straight after the match at MacHale Park last night. Mike is joined on it by Ed McGreal and former Kerry star Ambrose O’Donovan to reflect on how the game went.
Later on this afternoon, we’ll have our full match review pod online, which will also be for club members on Patreon. Rob hosts this one, I’m on it too, as is special guest Colm Boyle, with Rob and Ed doing an in-match segment, while there’s also post-match reaction from Stephen Rochford and Jack O’Connor.
If you’re interested in joining the podcast club, the link for that is here. The 10% discount offer for annual membership is still available.
Finally, the MOTM poll is still open so if you haven’t had your spake there yet then there’s still time to do so. Have a great Sunday, folks.